The hashtag #DemocracySausage has been the top trending topic on Twitter in Australia all day, as voters enjoy the sausage sizzles at polling stations around the nation.
Labor leader Bill Shorten has been visiting polling stations around the country and triggered consternation on social media when he was photographed chomping into his tasty snack at a 90-degree angle.
“The taste of democracy,” Shorten said after his controversial bite.
"The taste of democracy"
– Bill Shorten gets into his election day sausage + onion + tomato sauce in bread roll pic.twitter.com/c9j2POGZEj
— ellinghausen (@ellinghausen) July 1, 2016
Twitter is known for being something of an echo chamber, and on this issue there was hive-mind consensus: that’s the wrong way to eat a sausage.
what's with all the Shorten sausage outrage eh? I imagine you all hate crabs for walking sideways too. IT'S THEIR BIOLOGY #auspol2016
— courtez roberto (@courtney_ro) July 2, 2016
— Adelle King (@adelle_king) July 2, 2016
— Kristi Jenkins (@kristijenks) July 2, 2016
Bill Shorten has NFI how to eat a sausage; I know this and I'm not even Aussie. https://t.co/3eZSOomClU
— Sophie Aubrey (@sopphie) July 2, 2016
that is the most horrifying thing i've seen today including bill shorten eating a sausage backwards
— canine surprise (@rapidashing) July 2, 2016
— Josh Walker (@walkerjosh14) July 2, 2016
He was also photographed along Labor candidate for Reid, Angelo Tsirekas, who took a more conventional approach.
Election day sausages with candidate for Reid, Angelo Tsirekas pic.twitter.com/k3YFXxBfkY
— Alex Ellinghausen (@ellinghausen) July 2, 2016
People across the political spectrum disagreed on many issues through the campaign, but Shorten has hit on something on which Australians are united.
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